Date: 4/17/17 5:13 pm From: 'Jeannette Lovitch' via Maine birds <maine-birds...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Fwd: Bradbury Mountain State Park (17 Apr 2017) 105 Raptors
Bradbury Mountain State Park
> Pownal, Maine, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 17, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 1 1
> Turkey Vulture 0 251 511
> Osprey 5 242 242
> Bald Eagle 1 25 60
> Northern Harrier 1 151 155
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 348 360
> Cooper's Hawk 0 38 46
> Northern Goshawk 0 4 6
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 72 120
> Broad-winged Hawk 86 546 546
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 86 148
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 3 366 367
> Merlin 0 27 28
> Peregrine Falcon 0 1 2
> Unknown Accipiter 0 4 4
> Unknown Buteo 0 2 3
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
> Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
> Unknown Raptor 1 16 20
> Total: 105 2182 2621
> Observation start time: 07:00:00
> Observation end time: 16:00:00
> Total observation time: 9 hours
> Official Counter Zane Baker
> Observers: Don Thompson, Tom Downing
> This week is school vacation week, and it was quite apparent. Kids from all around came and went from the summit today. An extremely small percentage of them had any interest in what I was looking for. Most were too cool for birds, and preferred to make rude comments. Very hurtful to my thin skin. Ah, high school. All of those shenanigans aside, I did receive help from some new faces, people who wanted to learn something about raptor identification, and catch a glimpse of some birds of prey. Unfortunately, by the time people arrived, the flow of birds slowed down. Plus, the few we did spot were a mile up. Thanks to everyone who stuck with me today. I hope there are some closer birds next time. Also, one person seriously thought we were searching for Sasquatch, in Pownal Maine.
> Today was not nearly as warm as yesterday, with highs getting to the mid 60's. Winds picked up after the first few hours of the count, with very strong gusts stirring up sand, hats, snacks and small dogs. The wind direction did not vary much, coming mostly from the west-northwest. Clouds filled most of the sky today with more sun hitting the mountain in the afternoon.
> Raptor Observations:
> Hawks started off strong this morning. A Kestrel, and an Osprey packing a lunch were the first birds of the day. Despite being overcast in the morning, birds were very high above. A couple of mixed species kettles formed to the northwest, giving the impression there could be a good flight of birds today. There did appear to be a flight line developing, but the change in wind speeds and strong gusts put an abrupt end to that. Local birds remained active in the afternoon winds, continuing to forage, hunt, and display.
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 33 species were seen or heard today. There were many more birds vocalizing at the start of the day, including a first of year Blue-headed Vireo.
> Temperatures should drop substantially by the beginning of tomorrow's count. Temps may not even reach 50 degrees. Winds should be from the northeast at 5-10, possibly increasing by the afternoon. It's hard to say what tomorrow might bring. There were a couple of birds spotted in Maine today, so who knows what might get pushed passed the mountain tomorrow.
> Report submitted by Jeannette Lovitch (<freeportwildbird...>)
> Bradbury Mountain State Park information may be found at: www.freeportwildbirdsupply.com/hawkwatch.asp